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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1tLChSm) reports PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.

Albert says he wants to avoid a disruption and distraction in the investigation.

The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries contaminated 300,000 people's tap water for days.

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